Literary medal winner clinches Island double
BEING awarded the Literary Medal at the National Eisteddfod staged on Anglesey was not a new experience for an island-born writer.
When the festival was last staged on Anglesey the winner of the medal, the top prize for prose at Wales’ biggest cultural festival, was Sonia Edwards.
Eighteen years later, with the Eisteddfod back on the island, it was Sonia Edwards who, on hearing the call of the trumpets rose in the glare of spotlights and applause to claim the prize.
After the ceremony she said the experience was just as memorable the second time: “It was fantastic, just as special the first time and the audience were so warm and supportive. I competed for the first time in 1999 and this was just the second time. I wrote the short stories especially for this competition.”
Her work, a collection of six short stories entitled Rhannu Ambarel (Sharing an umbrella), are about matters she believes people can empathise with.
“They are about love and loss, death and hiraeth – there is no corresponding word in English for the longing, but they are things people relate to,” she added.
The theme of this year’s competition was to compose a volume of creative prose on the theme of Cysgodion (Shadows).
Adjudicator Gerwyn Williams said 20 volumes were received and nearly half deserve to be published.
He said the writers had responded to the theme in a variety of ways with fantasy novels, historical novels, short stories and micro literature.
But even with differing opinions and taste one entry appealed to all three judges. Daiwa SR3, Ms Edwards’ nom de plume, appealed to all three judges.
“These are mature and empathetic stories, created by a talented writer, who is, a master of the short story genre. This year’s competition bodes well for the future of Welsh modern creative fiction, and we also have a very worthy winner here this, and the three of us unanimously agree that the nom de plume of this year’s winner is Daiwa SR3,” said Mr Williams.
Originally from Cemaes, Ms Edwards was educated at Bangor Uni- CHEERS rang out across the Maes as an Anglesey choir won one of the Eisteddfod’s most prestigious prizes.
Six choirs competed in the youth choir competition under 25 with more than 20 members.
They were tasked with singing a 12-minute programme that included at least one unaccompanied song and one from a Welsh composer.
After a keen competition, that lasted much of the afternoon versity. Prior to taking early retirement to concentrate on writing, she was a Welsh teacher.
She has a son, Rhys, a teacher and singer with the band Fleur de Lys, and lives in Llangefni.
She has published 27 novels and collections of short stories for children, young people and adults, and has two new novels in the pipeline.
Her next novel, Glaw Trana, is the sequel to Mynd Draw’n Droednoeth, published in 2014, which she adapted for radio.
As well as winning the Literary Medal in 1999 she has also won the Welsh Book of the Year prize in 1996 for her novel, Gloynnod. session, Côr Ieuenctid Mon, conducted by Mari Lloyd Pritchard, were declared winners and lifted the Daily Post Cup and a cash prize of £750.
Côr Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion were second and Côr Hyn Cytgan Clwyd placed third.
Literary Medal winner Sonia Edwards
Ynyr Gwynedd, from Llanllyfni, and Hywel Penri, Penygroes, at the Save The Children Appeal while Gwion Morris Jones (right), from Prenteg on Anglesey, won the solo from a musical under 19
Mari Pritchard and some members from Côr Ieuenctid Môn after winning the Daily Post Cup
Flower Girls at this year’s Eisteddfod
Carwyn Lewis from Holyhead with mum Sonia
Breakfast on th the Maes for Ann C Catrin and Angela Evans while Cai Fon D Davies (left) fr from Talwrn, Ll Llangefni, was first in the recitat recitation 16 to 21.